What I’ve been up to Lately July 31, 2015


Abstract watercolor painting in progress

It has been a crazy time for me to say the least (see previous posts)! My husband and I have been busy unpacking and getting settled in to our new home in Austin, TX. So far, Austin seems like a great place to live, and I’m really looking forward to exploring the city and surrounding areas much more in time. As a Midwestern gal, though, I must admit that adjusting to the heat down here is certainly going to take some time!

With everything going on in my personal life lately, it’s been nice to finally start getting back into a grove with my art business. I’ve started painting again, and I just finished a new abstract painting entitled “Heavenly View.”  I like each viewer to see what he or she wants or needs to see in my abstract work, so I don’t like giving too much away about my thought process for creating a piece. However, I thought I’d share just a little bit into the creative process behind this painting.

Heavenly View Abstract

Without trying to sound morbid, the concept of death intrigues me. I previously worked as an art therapist with older adults with dementia, so I became quite used to dealing with end of life issues on a daily basis with my job. And with the recent death of my beloved dog, I have been thinking about this topic more and more. Consequently, I’ve been reading a few books as of lately on near death experiences and the idea of life after death.  This piece represents my thoughts and reactions to what I have been reading, and what the transition of life on Earth to life after death could possibly be like. I really enjoyed painting this abstract, as it pressed me to dig deep. It’s a very soft work of art, and whether or not the viewer sees what I see in the painting, it is meant to encourage peaceful contemplation.

Heavenly View abstract watercolor painting close up

I hope that you enjoy this painting and that you perhaps even come up with your own interpretation of what it represents. That’s why I love creating abstract work- each person sees something different in each piece!

Happy Friday,
Jennifer